Police, sheriff detail weekend fights at Bridge Street
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Two days following a large disturbance at Bridge Street Town Centre, an open-air shopping plaza in Huntsville, law enforcement agencies who responded to the scene provided more details about what they say they encountered.
According to witnesses, police engaged a large crowd outside Monaco Pictures around 10 p.m. Saturday. Madison County Sheriff's deputies, Huntsville and Madison police officers responded.
Madison County Sheriff Blake Dorning said multiple law enforcement agencies responded after sheriff's deputies saw several hundred people, mostly juveniles. Dorning said many of the people were fighting. A witness also told deputies that someone in the group had a firearm. The group continued to grow, at which point deputies called for backup. Officers from HPD, Owens Cross Roads, New Hope and Madison, along with Alabama state troopers, helped deputies disperse the crowd.
Dorning said no weapons were found, although several were arrested for disorderly conduct. A juvenile was also arrested for assaulting a deputy. The deputy used his Taser and pepper spray to subdue the individual and to keep others away who were trying to stop the juvenile from being arrested.
Huntsville police also arrested a juvenile.
A spokesperson from Bridge Street confirmed on Sunday that mall security asked for police intervention. A deputy at the scene Saturday called it "a crowd control" situation.
Huntsville police believe whatever started the disturbance originated near Bar Louie, a restaurant a few hundred yards away from Monaco Pictures.
Madison Police Captain John Stringer said they responded to the sheriff's department's call for assistance, however the situation was mostly under control by the time Madison officers arrived.
Our crew at the scene Saturday witnessed two people in handcuffs, one of whom was receiving medical treatment for an unknown issue.
The joint investigation between HPD, Madison PD and the Madison County Sheriff's Office is ongoing.
"Parents should know where and with whom their children are with as well as their activities and any rules, policy, or procedures for their presence at any location," said Sheriff Dorning, "Unsupervised juvenile activity is a leading cause of trouble for teenagers when involved in a crowd."
Stringer said all the departments are "underfunded and resources are scarce, so we need to work together."
Bar Louie released a statement about the incident on Monday:
"The altercation started inside Monaco Pictures and spilled out towards the parking structure. No one from our establishment was involved in any way. No patrons, no employees, no one from Bar Louie had anything to do with what happened."
WAFF's Lauren Bale is following developments to this story; look for updates online and a report on WAFF 48 News at 6.
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